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Sears Hometown breaks ground in Oklahoma

BY HBSDealer Staff

Oklahoma is getting a new Sears Hometown location, slated to open July 30 in Shawnee, about 45 minutes east of Oklahoma City.

"We look forward to providing the Shawnee community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn and garden equipment at the lowest possible price," said Ryan Guyer, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Shawnee. "Our highly skilled Shawnee team and in-store Internet kiosks are ready to provide customers with expert product knowledge to ensure they’re getting the best competitive pricing and the best product around — they can price check other retailers and read customer reviews right in our store."

The Shawnee location, like other Sears Hometown stores, will be outfitted to provide local customers with products and brands usually only found in Sears stores. Customers will also be able to order any product offered by Sears, with the option to order the products online and pick them up in-store.

The new store, which will be the sixth Sears Hometown Store to open this year and the 16th of any Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats, will be located at 4901 N. Kickapoo St., Suite 3001.

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From Walmart to Ace to Emery-Waterhouse

BY Ken Clark

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.

Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.  

Most recently Chibante served as the regional manager with Ace Hardware covering New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

He will officially begin with Emery-Waterhouse Aug. 1.

In his new role at Emery, Chibante will help Emery’s sales team achieve the company goals of making customers more profitable and making the distributor easier to do business with. 

“Charles brings new energy, innovation and an impressive track record to our team,” says Emery-Waterhouse CEO Steve Frawley. “This position represents a continued investment in our ‘Driven by your Success’ customer-focused value proposition.”

Chibante will be based in Pennsylvania.

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House-Hasson likes what it sees at market

BY Ken Clark

Knoxville, Tenn.-based House-Hasson Hardware says its June 19-21 dealer broke all previous records for attendance, attracting some 2,300 to 2,400 people.

“We sold more of every product,” said Don Hasson, president. “People are feeling better about the economy, and when they feel better they buy more. That means dealers are buying products looking to the next six months rather than the next few weeks.”

The company is also seeing good growth in its international business, concentrated in the Caribbean, Hasson said. “We had a dinner with about 30 of our international dealers on Saturday night after the market ended because they don’t fly out until the next day,” he said. “This is a part of our business that is really expanding.”

The harsh winter continues to shape buying patterns. 

“We’re seeing good sales on plumbing items that people ran out of during the cold weather,” Hasson said. “The popular term was ‘Beat the freeze.’ Everything in plumbing sold well, as did light bulbs that are being phased out for LED and Halogen bulbs. “

House-Hasson serves dealers in 17 states and the Caribbean.

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